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06-17

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Moonshot: Striking Distance
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Robert Arthur

08-12

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Overthinking It: Yasiel Puig Adjusts to the Adjustments
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Ben Lindbergh

06-21

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Overthinking It: To Sleep, Perchance to Swing
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Ben Lindbergh

06-06

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Overthinking It: The Plate Discipline-Only Prospect
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Ben Lindbergh

04-18

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Five to Watch: Contact Watch!
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Bret Sayre

04-15

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Profiles in Lack of Lineup Protection
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-23

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BP Unfiltered: Dominican Players and Plate Discipline: Additional Data
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Ben Lindbergh

10-23

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Finding a Way to Walk off the Island
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Jorge Arangure Jr.

05-23

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Pebble Hunting: How Josh Harrison Beats Justin Verlander
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Sam Miller

04-24

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Pebble Hunting: Albert Pujols Never Walks
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Sam Miller

04-16

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BP Unfiltered: Watching Pedro Alvarez
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R.J. Anderson

09-30

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Baseball ProGUESTus: A New Take on Plate Discipline--Redefining the Zone
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Matt Lentzner

03-23

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Fantasy Beat: The Need for Discipline
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Marc Normandin

12-22

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Player Profile: Jeff Francoeur
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

01-09

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Player Profile: Corey Patterson
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Marc Normandin

06-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: Gameday Triple Play
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Dan Fox

10-12

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Player Profile
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Marc Normandin

03-15

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Lies, Damned Lies: Another Look at Plate Discipline
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Nate Silver

02-21

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2006 Top 50 Prospects
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David Regan

12-16

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The Class of 2005
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Jay Jaffe

02-22

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part II
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Baseball Prospectus

07-17

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The Daily Prospectus: Back Into the Gap
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Joe Sheehan

07-08

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The Week in Quotes: July 1-7, 2002
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Derek Zumsteg

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June 17, 2014 6:00 am

Moonshot: Striking Distance

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Robert Arthur

A look at how pitch distance from the center of the strike zone affects BABIP and power.

"To be a good hitter you've got to do one thing: Get a good ball to hit."
-Rogers Hornsby


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How Yasiel Puig is proving that he isn't just another Jeff Francoeur.

In week one, we knew that Yasiel Puig could hit a baseball well over 400 feet, that he could cover the outside part of the plate, that he could throw from the warning track in right field to first base on the fly. We also knew that it would take a while to find out what he was. His obvious tools and talent were only part of the picture. His weaknesses were just as important, but they took more time to get a feel for. Tim Hudson spoke for all of us when he said, “We’ll see how he does six or eight weeks into the season, see what kind of adjustments people make to him and he makes to them.”

It’s now been nine weeks since Hudson said “we’ll see,” and 10 weeks since Puig made his major-league debut. We’ve watched pitchers adjust to Puig, and Puig adjust to pitchers. And while we’re still in small-sample territory, we can start to say with more certainty what kind of player Puig will be.

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A recent study suggests that players' plate discipline erodes throughout the season due to fatigue. Here's why you should be skeptical.

Over the last few weeks, a press release has been making the rounds. It’s a persuasive press release that reports some interesting research, and wherever it goes, it produces a post. There’s just one problem: the research it reports is a little misleading.

The press release, which you can view here, was put out by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It summarizes the results of a recent study on the effect of fatigue on strike-zone judgment. The source of the study is a research abstract published in an online supplement of the journal SLEEP—you can access the abstract (PDF) on page A408 here—and the principal investigator behind it is Scott Kutscher, MD, an assistant professor of sleep and neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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June 6, 2013 8:48 am

Overthinking It: The Plate Discipline-Only Prospect

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Ben Lindbergh

He doesn't strike out, and he doesn't hit for power. Does Cardinals Double-A outfielder Mike O'Neill have a major league future?

You know that the strikeout has become a much more common occurrence in the majors. What you might not know is that the story is much the same in the Texas League, whose Double-A history dates back to the mid-1940s. The progression hasn’t been quite as steep or as steady, but the end result is the same: this season, Texas League pitchers are striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings, just like the ones in the majors.

But there’s one Texas Leaguer whose strikeout rate refuses to rise. He’s an outfielder for the Springfield Cardinals, and his name is Mike O’Neill.

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April 18, 2013 5:00 am

Five to Watch: Contact Watch!

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Bret Sayre

These five players could see their values increase or decrease if their early-season contact markers persist.

There are very few things that we know for sure this early in the season. And it’s for that reason that we need to be cognizant of markers that are approaching in the near future and keep an eye out for them. One of the big ones I like to look at throughout April is a player’s developing contact rate. As we know, contact rate does not stabilize until around 150 plate appearances, but we’re nearly halfway there. Today, I’m going to look at five hitters who have put up surprising contact rates, either on the high side or low side. If these players continue on a path to stabilization at these rates, they could be looking at potentially significant changes in their value.

And since I’m feeling particularly optimistic, we’ll start with the players who could see their values rise for this reason:

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April 15, 2013 10:15 am

Profiles in Lack of Lineup Protection

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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Can Giancarlo Stanton succeed without a good cleanup hitting behind him?

A few days before the season started, I wrote about Marlins manager Mike Redmond’s decision to consider batting Placido Polanco in the cleanup slot. Most of the article was about where Polanco would rank among historically terrible cleanup hitters, but it ended with this:

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How does the plate discipline of Dominican players compare to the league as a whole?

If you read Jorge Arangure Jr.’s great guest piece on Dominican players and plate discipline today, you may have wondered, as I did, whether we could see any difference between Dominicans and non-Dominicans in the data. Jorge mentioned how few Dominicans are among their respective leagues’ leaders in walk rate, but I wanted to see how DR-born players stacked up as a group. I asked BP data dude Dan Turkenkopf to run the numbers, and this is what he found for major leaguers in 2012. (Note: pitcher hitting is included, and the “league” rates include Dominican players.)

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Are Dominican hitters hurting themselves by focusing on raw skills at the expense of a patient approach? And can anything be done about it?

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Jorge Arangure has been a baseball writer since 2003. He has worked as a senior writer for ESPN and The Washington Post. He's got #want and is #wet and will probably spend his BP freelancing money drinking with Jason Parks.
 


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May 23, 2012 3:00 am

Pebble Hunting: How Josh Harrison Beats Justin Verlander

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Sam Miller

Does the Pirates' Josh Harrison have a historically troubled relationship to the strike zone?

Start with the best part, from Josh Harrison’s perspective. On Friday, Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Pirates. It felt, at that moment, like one of the most inevitable no-hitters ever, because it had felt, in the first inning, like one of the most inevitable no-hitters ever. But, with one out, Josh Harrison got a base hit. That at-bat:

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Did the Angels sign the player they thought they were signing?

In a press conference at the Winter Meetings, Angels GM Jerry Dipoto was asked why Albert Pujols was worth a long-term deal when so many other stars have disappointed. Here’s Dipoto:

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Alvarez is 1-for-19 to start the season, but are the images as ugly as the numbers?

Later tonight, the Pirates will take on the Diamondbacks. Pittsburgh is unlikely to start Pedro Alvarez because Joe Saunders is scheduled to take the mound for Arizona. Alvarez as a platoon player isn’t what the Pirates envisioned for him back on Draft Day 2008, but the reality is more grim. There are slow starts, and then there are 1-for-19-with-12-strikeout starts. Why is Alvarez floundering? I went back and reviewed his at-bats while taking some notes.

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Is the traditional strike-ball dichotomy too simplistic?

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Matt Lentzner has carved out a (very) small niche in the baseball analysis world by examining the intersection of physics and biomechanics. He has presented at the PITCHf/x conference in each of the last two years and has written articles for The Hardball Times, as well as a previous article for Baseball Prospectus. When he’s not writing, Matt works on his physics-based baseball simulator, which is so awesome and all-encompassing that it will likely never actually be finished, though it does provide the inspiration for most of his articles and presentations. In real life, he’s an IT Director at a small financial consulting company in the Silicon Valley and also runs a physical training gym in his backyard on the weekends.

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